Tuesday 28th of May 2024

the inside job...

inside job
What Happened to Change We Can Believe In?


PRESIDENT Obama, the Rodney Dangerfield of 2010, gets no respect for averting another Great Depression, for saving 3.3 million jobs with stimulus spending, or for salvaging GM and Chrysler from the junkyard. And none of these good deeds, no matter how substantial, will go unpunished if the projected Democratic bloodbath materializes on Election Day. Some are even going unremembered. For Obama, the ultimate indignity is the Times/CBS News poll in September showing that only 8 percent of Americans know that he gave 95 percent of American taxpayers a tax cut.

evolution rots your teeth...


Democratic candidate Chris Coons, who is vying to defeat Republican rival Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's U.S. Senate race, is out with a new attack ad targeting the conservative hopeful on a host of controversies that have rocked her campaign.

Running with the theme music of the 1960's television show "The Twilight Zone," the 30-second seeks to highlight some of the Tea Party favorite's most infamous lines.

in twilight's dreaming .....

in twilight's dreaming .....

Even before the British Defense Ministry this week elected to scrap the Royal Navy's only fixed-wing-aircraft carrier, nobody imagined that Britannia still ruled the waves - or had any of the power that characterized its empire before the two world wars of the past century.

take a leak...


From Robert Fisk...




Mr O'Farrell said he inadvertently saved in his ''favourites'' a link titled ''watch two boys break the record for longest kiss''.

The user, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also posted a picture of a youth with his shirt off titled ''an early teen boy completely and utterly adorable. That body is excellent.''

The Sun-Herald inquired about the graphic content at 11.22am on Friday. By 11.46am, Liberal staff had removed the link from Mr O'Farrell's favourites. The other user's Twitter account has since been removed.

the value of fan clubs .....

hi-ho hillary .....

Julia Gillard will meet the most powerful woman in US politics when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Australia next month as part of a two-week tour of the Asia-Pacific region.

The visit will be her first to Australia in the role given to her by President Barack Obama in 2008.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith will also meet Mrs Clinton for discussions on regional and global security.

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates will also be here for the 25th annual Australia-US ministerial consultation in Melbourne.

rooted root cause analysis .....

rooted root cause analysis .....

Gillard talking tougher than Americans, says Oakeshott

The independent MP Robert Oakeshott has joined the ranks of the dissenters over the war in Afghanistan, saying Australia should be working on a withdrawal.

Speaking in the parliamentary debate on the war yesterday, Mr Oakeshott disagreed with Julia Gillard's assertion that Australia would stay engaged in the country for another decade.

''The US is not even saying that and nor should we,'' he said.

This will be a a messy and complex withdrawal, whether it happens now or in 10 years' time. This work should, therefore, be on in earnest now.

selling death tools...

dilemma congress


US officials have confirmed they intend to sell $60bn (£38bn) of arms to Saudi Arabia, including helicopters and jets.

The state department said details of the deal had been sent to Congress, which now has 30 days to object.

If completed, it could be the most lucrative single arms deal in US history and could support 75,000 jobs.

The state department said Israel, traditionally wary of arms deals involving Arab states, was not expected to raise objections.

'Strong message'

socially compacted .....

socially compacted .....

Joe Hockey has spent the week dispensing wisdom from the Book of Hock-onomics, which is an unconventional text of mysterious provenance. It is part economics, part philosophy and, as the government would have it, mostly ''ill-considered rubbish''.

But the latter is too harsh a characterisation. It's simply that, like the Tao or a cup of tea-leaves, the Book requires divination rather than straight reading.

Under the laws of Hock-onomics, governments have levers that they can pull, much like crane drivers.

It is difficult to say what those levers are, or where they are located, but Hock-onomists are working on that as we speak.

let the fur fly...

Howard unleashes on 'amateur' Costello

Former prime minister John Howard has described Peter Costello's efforts to succeed him in the nation's top job as those of a "rank amateur".

But a key Costello supporter has hit back at the claims, saying it was Mr Howard who acted dishonourably.

In his memoir, Lazarus Rising, Mr Howard sheds new light on the bitter leadership struggle between him and his deputy that developed over the Coalition's 11 years in government.

no trills and thrils for krill...

no thrill for krill


A 20-year study shows worrying results about the decline of krill, a form of plankton, in the Southern Ocean.

Plankton is the basic food source for almost all ocean dwelling creatures and krill is one of its most important forms.

The scientist leading the krill project, Dr Graham Hosie, says he cannot explain the drop in numbers.

But Dr Hosie says he is hoping to get some answers from the latest scientific expedition to Antarctica, which departs from Hobart today.

About 90 scientists and support staff have boarded the research ship Aurora Australis.

the buzzers of death...



Possibly James Packer's raid on the Ten Network has nothing to do with controlling lucrative sports broadcasting rights - possibly he is just a fan of The Simpsons.

Whatever the motivation of the media mogul who renounced mogul-hood only to assume it again in the past couple of days, the body language in Canberra yesterday was fascinating.

Sure-sign No. 1 of inter-planetary Packer activity: Malcolm Turnbull looking nostalgic, almost like he could launch into risque anecdotes at a family wedding.

yikes hikes...


Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey has foreshadowed the Coalition might find the numbers in Parliament to act against banks that raise interest rates above the level recommended by the Reserve Bank.

He has criticised Treasurer Wayne Swan for not being effective in preventing the banks from lifting rates by more than the increase in the cash rate.

Mr Hockey says there are other levers Mr Swan should be using, including punitive ones, and he says the Parliament might act if the Government does not.

an act of treason .....


act of treason .....

The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, & the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, both stood up in our nation's Parliament today & boldly, deliberately & directly lied to the Australian people about the need for Australia to maintain its military presence in Afghanistan.

In perpetrating this foul & obscene act of theatre in the guise of a 'debate', I believe both are guilty of treason, the ultimate act of betrayal.

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